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ICHTO Compiling Technical Details of Historical Edifices


News Category: Cultural

 28 December 2005



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Engineering designs used in historical monuments has been the focus of attention of officials charged with preserving the nation’s cultural heritage, reported CHN.

Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has launched a program to compile the engineering specifications of historical monuments and construction materials used in them to facilitate the reinforcement of such structures.

The organization’s Department for Coordination of Major Projects has sponsored the program which aims to apply modern know-how and engineering techniques to reinforce historical monuments and protect them against natural disasters.

The organization initiated the program following the tragic earthquake on December 26, 2003 which ruined Bam Citadel, in Kerman province, the centerpiece of Iranian architecture which dated back to the Sassanid era.

In the earthquake, residential houses in the city were also razed to the ground killing about 30,000 people.
“The process of identifying the construction materials used in every historical monument may take time, but, it is a useful step forward to enable the ICHTO to reinforce them against natural calamities.“

The department’s Director General Mohammad Hassan Khadem-zadeh said that two things have to be taken into account in reinforcing old buildings: First, examining construction materials and second, engineering specifications of those buildings.

Asked about reconstruction of Bam Citadel, he said, “At this stage, expert studies on the resistance of adobe bricks used in the construction of the structure have been completed and University of Yazd has conducted studies on the engineering features of the monument.



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